Best coffee makers 2020

Coffee is probably the oldest and most popular drink in the world after tea. It is celebrated worldwide, and people have conceived hundreds of ways to cook it and make it taste differently. This is why the coffee machine was invented – it is a convenient and easy way to prepare a variety of drinks from coffee grounds.

Today’s machines are far more complicated than they were intended to be. Some integrate with phones, others can cook a hundred different drinks. The assortment is impressive, but when it comes to picking one that is affordable and practical, it gets hard to choose. The segment that interests us most – the middle segment – is overcrowded with machines from many different brands. Still, there are ways to pick – to help you do that we have assembled ten best machines – 5 espresso makers and 5 coffee machines.

Best coffee machines
Place#
Product
Editors’ Rating
Editors’ Opinion
Comes with carafe
#1
Hamilton Beach 49976
9.8
/
10
Editors’ Pick
#2
Keurig K-Duo
9.4
/
10
Editors’ Pick
#3
Cuisinart DCC-1200
9.1
/
10
Best Budget
#4
Ninja 12-Cup Programmable
8.9
/
10
Comes with gold-plated filter
#5
Keurig K-Cafe
8.5
/
10
For tall mugs
Best espresso machines
Place#
Product
Editors’ Rating
Editors’ Opinion
Comes with carafe
#1
De'Longhi ENV150GY
9.7
/
10
Editors’ Pick
#2
Breville BES870XL
9.5
/
10
Editors’ Pick
#3
De'Longhi EC155
9.3
/
10
Simplest espresso maker
#4
Mr. Coffee Café Barista
9.1
/
10
Most compact option
#5
SOWTECH Espresso Machine
8.9
/
10
Best Budget
Best coffee machines
Hamilton Beach 49976
#1
Editors’ Pick
Editors’ Rating:
9.8
/
10

Brew Strength Options: 2; Comes with carafe: Yes; Carafe holds: up to 12 cups.

You can use this machine either with a K-cup or the carafe, which is shipped with the machine. The machine can brew both with grounds and with a pod. The machine includes a holder for pods and a basket, which is supposed to hold grounds.

The cup holder here is built for tall cups too, and that solves a common problem with coffee makers. The needle for piercing pods removes easily and can be cleaned.

There are two separate containers for water, and both have glass inserts that allow you to see the level of water in each.

The machine is equipped with a timer, auto pausing mechanism and an auto-shutdown timer for two hours.

It takes the machine three minutes to cook up a full cup of strong, quality drink. The machine saves energy, because it heats water only when it is ordered to cook coffee. The machine has options for two different brew strengths.

The cup holder allows for mugs up to 8 inches tall. With ground coffee you can brew up to 14 oz, and with K-cup – 10 oz. The machine can be used with paper filters from Mellitta.

Pros:

  • Fits tall cups
  • Made of quality materials

Cons:

  • The motor is very loud

Keurig K-Duo
#2
Editors’ Pick
Editors’ Rating:
9.4
/
10

Brew Strength Options: 2; Comes with carafe: Yes; Carafe holds: up to 12 cups.

You can use this machine either with a K-cup or the carafe, which is shipped with the machine. The machine can brew both with grounds and with a pod. The machine includes a holder for pods and a basket, which is supposed to hold grounds.

The cup holder here is built for tall cups too, and that solves a common problem with coffee makers. The needle for piercing pods removes easily and can be cleaned.

There are two separate containers for water, and both have glass inserts that allow you to see the level of water in each.

The machine is equipped with a timer, auto pausing mechanism and an auto-shutdown timer for two hours.

It takes the machine three minutes to cook up a full cup of strong, quality drink. The machine saves energy, because it heats water only when it is ordered to cook coffee. The machine has options for two different brew strengths.

The cup holder allows for mugs up to 8 inches tall. With ground coffee you can brew up to 14 oz, and with K-cup – 10 oz. The machine can be used with paper filters from Mellitta.

Pros:

  • Fits tall cups
  • Made of quality materials

Cons:

  • The motor is very loud

Cuisinart DCC-1200
#3
Best Budget
Editors’ Rating:
9.1
/
10

Brew Strength Options: 2; Comes with carafe: Yes; Carafe holds: up to 12 cups.

You can use this machine either with a K-cup or the carafe, which is shipped with the machine. The machine can brew both with grounds and with a pod. The machine includes a holder for pods and a basket, which is supposed to hold grounds.

The cup holder here is built for tall cups too, and that solves a common problem with coffee makers. The needle for piercing pods removes easily and can be cleaned.

There are two separate containers for water, and both have glass inserts that allow you to see the level of water in each.

The machine is equipped with a timer, auto pausing mechanism and an auto-shutdown timer for two hours.

It takes the machine three minutes to cook up a full cup of strong, quality drink. The machine saves energy, because it heats water only when it is ordered to cook coffee. The machine has options for two different brew strengths.

The cup holder allows for mugs up to 8 inches tall. With ground coffee you can brew up to 14 oz, and with K-cup – 10 oz. The machine can be used with paper filters from Mellitta.

Pros:

  • Fits tall cups
  • Made of quality materials

Cons:

  • The motor is very loud

Ninja 12-Cup Programmable
#4
Comes with gold-plated filter
Editors’ Rating:
8.9
/
10

Brew Strength Options: 2; Comes with carafe: Yes; Carafe holds: up to 12 cups.

You can use this machine either with a K-cup or the carafe, which is shipped with the machine. The machine can brew both with grounds and with a pod. The machine includes a holder for pods and a basket, which is supposed to hold grounds.

The cup holder here is built for tall cups too, and that solves a common problem with coffee makers. The needle for piercing pods removes easily and can be cleaned.

There are two separate containers for water, and both have glass inserts that allow you to see the level of water in each.

The machine is equipped with a timer, auto pausing mechanism and an auto-shutdown timer for two hours.

It takes the machine three minutes to cook up a full cup of strong, quality drink. The machine saves energy, because it heats water only when it is ordered to cook coffee. The machine has options for two different brew strengths.

The cup holder allows for mugs up to 8 inches tall. With ground coffee you can brew up to 14 oz, and with K-cup – 10 oz. The machine can be used with paper filters from Mellitta.

Pros:

  • Fits tall cups
  • Made of quality materials

Cons:

  • The motor is very loud

Keurig K-Cafe
#5
For tall mugs
Editors’ Rating:
8.5
/
10

Brew Strength Options: 3; Comes with carafe: No; Carafe holds: -.

This model holds up to 60 oz of water and uses it to brew coffee, latte or cappuccino. It is controlled by simple buttons and can work from K-Cup pods. The coffee maker is able to start heating the water and brewing at the same time, so that the process is much faster. Also the reservoir easily removes, so the refilling is easy and quick.

The brewer saves electricity – after two hours of being unused it shuts down by itself. However this is programmable and if you want, you can make it stay on always.

Another great feature is the ability to work with tall mugs, up to 7.2 inches tall.

This machine was made for working with K-cups, but if you buy a reusable filter, you can make it use ground coffee too. This will work for all the features, such as cappuccino and latte making.

The coffee maker needs to be descaled occasionally, and the sensors inside it will remind you when it is time to do that. It is actually a necessary process if you want to keep the coffee tasty.

Pros:

  • Has high-altitude settings
  • Reminds about descaling
  • Supports tall mugs
  • Is able to work with reusable filters.

Cons:

  • Might overload a busy circuit because it draws a lot of energy.

Best espresso machines
De'Longhi ENV150GY
#1
Editors’ Pick
Editors’ Rating:
9.7
/
10

Pressure: 19 bar; Power: 1300 watt

Nespresso shows its newest technologies in this machine by providing a revamped design and color scheme. The setback for this otherwise great device, is that it works only with capsules produced by Nespresso.

The hi-tech machine reads barcodes on the capsules and uses them to find the perfect temperature and time for brewing coffee. This works for latte and crema too. All that is required from the user is inserting the capsule, because the smart machinery does the rest of the work by itself.

The machine comes with a pleasant gift – a full package of random Nespresso pods, each with a distinct, unique taste.

The cable is fairly long – 29 inches, so the machine can be positioned in a convenient place.

You can set the amount of coffee you want to have by using the button controls. There is a wie range of standard amounts, from the smallest Espresso with 1.35 oz to the Alto with 14 oz.

The 60 oz container for water allows you to refill it very seldomly, especially if you use smaller amounts. When you refill it, simply swivel it around to add water.

Pros:

  • Smart machinery that does absolutely everything for its user
  • Quality build – best materials and attention to details
  • Variety of ready Nespresso capsules shipped with the machine

Cons:

  • Only works with capsules from Nespresso

Breville BES870XL
#2
Editors’ Pick
Editors’ Rating:
9.5
/
10

Pressure: 15 bar; Power: 1600 watt

This machine can also grind the coffee in order to preserve its taste fully. It uses a simple but reliable burr grinder. The grounds fall into a portafilter.

The espresso is extracted under ideal circumstances – you can adjust the temperature yourself. The water pressure is automatically generated by the machine, which fine-tunes the quality of the coffee.

The Barista also is able to produce microfoam from milk. The grind size can be adjusted by the user too. The type of bean does not matter, because the device will always select the correct size that you set. The grinding operation is hands-free and the grounds fall directly into the holder, without the user ever having to touch them.

The settings allow you to select single or double shots of coffee.

With the machine you receive a number of additional gifts such as a dose trimming tool, a port filter, a scoop and a jug for milk, made from stainless steel. Also included are some tablets for cleaning the device and a water filter.

Pros:

  • High quality of generally everything – all the parts and the machine itself
  • Very high level of user control – most parameters are selectable
  • Rich assortment of additional accessories

Cons:

  • Not a simple device – will take a long time to get used to

De'Longhi EC155
#3
Simplest espresso maker
Editors’ Rating:
9.3
/
10

Pressure: 15 bar; Power: 1100

Usable both with ground coffee and any pods. The filter has a patented dual mechanism. The frother aids in quick production of latte and cappuccino.

The machine has a smart function for quick starting. You do not have to wait for it to get going – it will do everything by itself. Also it preheats the water when it is turned on.

There are two separate thermostats inside the machine to guarantee perfect espresso preparation. You will always have the perfect temperature that way. Water level and pressure are controlled by these thermostats.

The boiler is made from pure stainless steel. This is a great advantage, because it will assuredly not contain any toxic contaminants, unlike the plastic ones. The pump allows for pressures up to 15 bar. The maximum height for a mug to fit under this machine is 6 inches.

It is possible to turn off the frother and make regular coffee.

Pros:

  • Can work with ground and podded coffee.
  • Boiler is stainless steel
  • Large pressure – 15 bar

Cons:

  • Big glasses and cups do not fit.

Mr. Coffee Café Barista
#4
Most compact option
Editors’ Rating:
9.1
/
10

Pressure: 15 bar; Power: 1040 watt

This one makes three varieties of coffee – espresso, latte and cappuccino. It uses a 15 bar pump to extract the espresso. The milk frother is hardwired and set at the right parameters – there will be no need to tinker or guess. The drinks are selected on a touchpanel.

The reservoirs for milk and water are easy to remove for quick filling. The cord has a length of 26 inches – it does not restrict you from placing the machine in a convenient place, but also does not get in the way.

The container for water is large and holds a lot. You will not have to refill often.

It seems to be good at making all three kinds of coffee and is built from reliable materials. Even though some small parts are plastic, most is steel.

Pros:

  • Works quickly and makes generally delicious drinks
  • Nice design and quality materials used.

Cons:

  • There is a flaw with the portafilter – a small screw that holds it together may work its way out and fall into the coffee.

SOWTECH Espresso Machine
#5
Best Budget
Editors’ Rating:
8.9
/
10

Pressure: 3.5 bar; Power: Unknown

This compact model is operated with a single knob that has in indicator LED. The knob is used to select coffee or latte. The coffee maker has fine-tuned selection of temperature, so you will always have coffee brewed at the correct pressure and heat. This is what gives the best taste.

A steel arm holds the frother, which gives creamy foam for the latte. The pressure here is subpar – only 3.5 bar, but that is actually plenty enough. The frother produces sufficient foam for 4 cups of coffee. There is a glass carafe delivered with it, that holds 12 cups of coffee. Also a filter and a funnel come with the machine.

The machine is made of stainless steel and is surprisingly compact. It will fit even in a cramped kitchen.

Pros:

  • Affordable, but nonetheless sturdy and reliable
  • Quick at making coffee

Cons:

  • The coffee container that the manufacturer provides could be bigger

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